It’s been a tough week for the outer Balboa food scene. Yesterday we told you about Nibs Bakery closing, and today we learned that Victoria’s Pizzeria at 3605 Balboa near 37th Avenue is also closed.
Victoria’s, owned by a man named Anton, has been serving up New York style pizza for 35 years from their purple and yellow storefront. It was a popular spot to grab a slice before or after a movie at the Balboa Theater.
Reader Jason tells us that the closure is due to the owner having a serious illness. A for sale sign was posted on Victoria’s door a few weeks before it closed.
“My absolute favorite pizza place in the city closed. Anton was there for over 35 years and worked EVERY DAY with the exception of Christmas. A mild mannered and quiet man he always smiled and welcomed you to his store. We will miss Anton terribly and wish him well,” Jason told us in an email.
Anton, also a painter, would display his artwork on the pizzeria’s walls.
“The paintings are his art, and whenever I come in, I love seeing which new paintings have gone up on the wall,” wrote one Yelp reviewer.
Another Yelp reviewer, who had been eating at Victoria’s since childhood wrote, “Sure, it’s a complete dive and hole in the wall establishment, but it’s been a fixture on Balboa for over 20 years. I love this place for the memories I had growing up, and I still drool over the gooey hot pizza…Anton is a bit of a renaissance man. All you have to do is get to know him and you’ll hear about his fascinating life story.”
That leaves Pizza Joint at the corner of 32nd and Balboa as the last pie place standing.